Cape Town - Jomo
Cosmos’ hopes of moving clear of the relegation zone at the bottom of the Absa
Premiership were thwarted on Wednesday when they were held to a goalless draw
by Bloemfontein Celtic at Olen Park.
started the match aggressively, showing an urgency from the opening minutes
which was reflected in Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb being forced into
saves from Mician Mhone and Pentjie Zulu inside the opening quarter hour.
few minutes later it was the visitors’ turn to threaten a goal, with Dumisani
Zuma forcing Sherwyn Naicker into a good save, while Lyle Lakay directed a shot
wide of the mark shortly thereafter to keep the home side’s defence on their
teams continued to trade chances up to half time, but the break arrived with
the score line still blank. Early in the second half both teams shuffled their
pack in midfield, with Celtic throwing on Vuyani Ntanga, while Cosmos
introduced Mxolisi Machupu.
opportunities continued to flow at both ends, but a combination of poor
finishing and some solid goalkeeping by Naicker and Tignyemb – with the latter
producing an excellent save to deny Charlton Mashumba in the 76th
minute – kept the game locked at 0-0.
match finished goalless, with the result keeping Ezenkosi in 15th
place – just one point ahead of bottom-of-the-log Maritzburg United – while
Phunya Sele Sele stay in 12th place.